James and Russell Guide Lakers to 136-105 Victory Over Hawks

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The Los Angeles Lakers secured a decisive 136-105 victory against the Atlanta Hawks, fueled by standout performances from LeBron James and D’Angelo Russell during Monday’s NBA action, ending a two-game losing streak. James finished recorded 25 points, 10 assists, and seven rebounds, while Russell added 27 points and tied a franchise record for 3-pointers in a single season.

“That’s really cool, honestly,” Russell remarked on tying Nick Van Exel’s franchise record of 183 3-pointers in a single season. His achievement highlighted a game where he also contributed significantly with 27 points and 10 assists.

Anthony Davis played a key role in the Lakers’ victory as well, scoring 22 points and grabbing 15 rebounds. Despite recovering from a scratched cornea, Davis opted against wearing protective goggles, relying on his past experience and quick recovery.

“Bron is Bron, and it’s that time of the year,” Davis commented on James’ performance, underscoring the crucial contributions of his teammate, who scored 65 points across the past two games.

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The Hawks, navigating through challenges on their West Coast road trip, faced another setback with Jalen Johnson suffering an ankle injury late in the game. Atlanta coach Quin Snyder praised the Lakers’ performance, especially noting the difficulty in countering the offensive prowess of James and Davis.

“I thought we were ready to play, (but) there’s two Hall of Fame players that were unselfish, and I thought they played really well,” Snyder said, highlighting the challenges posed by the Lakers’ offense.

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Atlanta’s resilience was evident despite the loss, with Onyeka Okongwu returning from a sprained left toe and contributing 11 points in 19 minutes. The Hawks were also without Trae Young, who missed his 12th consecutive game following hand surgery.

The Lakers’ efficient offense and strategic plays, particularly Russell’s buzzer-beating 3-pointer at the end of the third quarter, underscored their dominance throughout the game.

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As both teams look ahead, the Hawks aim to rebound against Phoenix, while the Lakers prepare for a challenging matchup against Philadelphia.

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